Special to The Commercial/Bo Rogers
Ridgway Christian’s Bethann Rogers spikes the ball as St. Joseph’s Catherina Taylor (11), Lakivia Cobb (14) and Triona Johnson defend Tuesday night at Ridgway.
Correction: St. Joseph’s junior high team defeated Ridgway.
The Ridgway Christian volleyball team seemed to be running away with its match against St. Joseph after two sets.
But the Lady Huskies were able to rebound and take the third set before the Lady Eagles took a closely battled fourth set for the 25-11, 25-10, 17-25, 25-21 match.
Ridgway’s serving played a key part in the lopsided scores of the first two sets. Up 5-4, Ridgway went on a 9-1 run and didn’t slow down much after that. The Lady Eagles had nine aces in the first set, including three straight from Paige Topping to end it.
In the second set, Brandi Battles’ ace sparked a 12-1 run for Ridgway, which had 11 aces in the set.
“That’s great and we spent a lot of practice on serves,” Ridgway coach Rick Aulds said. “Instead of five minutes in practice, we were spending 15 minutes on it.”
Ridgway finished with 29 aces total.
“We just stopped talking and that’s what we work on in practice, talk,” St. Joseph coach Nyeshia Aldridge said. “But we came a long way and we will continue to get better.”
Ridgway had a 6-4 lead to begin the third set, but St. Joseph (0-4) went on a 6-0 run to take the lead, which grew to as big as 21-11 at one point.
Aldridge said the team played at a higher energy level in the third and fourth sets.
“Their energy controlled their game,” she said. “Our energy carried that game.”
Ridgway did itself no favors as the Lady Eagles had 11 attack errors and had four aces against them.
St. Joseph’s junior high team beat Ridgway 22-25, 25-17 and 25-21. Bethann Rogers had 18 kills for Ridgway and Catherine Taylor had six aces and five kills for St. Joseph.